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Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI

Karen Woodbeck is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer who has more than 24 years of experience. The primary focus of her practice is on orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, Pilates, taping, and laser. A philosophy Woodbeck follows is “Never Give Up!” originally coined by Winston Churchill, and embodied by the late Fr. Jim Mifsud SM, who was a mentor. Woodbeck enjoys working with clients who are motivated to improve and she is tenacious in her pursuit of helping them achieve their success. Woodbeck believes in restoring good position with mobility while building stability, and immediately increasing function while reducing pain. Teaching the body how to do this using neuromuscular (brain-body) education is a strong part of client treatment. In order to achieve the client’s goals, Woodbeck utilizes a variety of skills obtained from years of practice incorporating extensive continuing education. Study includes courses with many internationally renowned instructors in the areas of Muscle Energy Technique, Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement, myofascial release, McConnell technique, Primal reflex release technique, craniosacral therapy, laser, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and Kinesio Taping.

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Tape or Laser: Which Comes First?

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

For many trainers and therapists, it’s an age-old question: Which should come first, tape or low-level laser therapy?

But the answer is actually easy: You don’t necessarily have to choose. It all depends on your patient, the type of injury and the goal you’re trying to reach. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Taping

Better Together: Taping and Laser

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Want to increase stability, reduce pain and stimulate healing in patients with joint and soft tissue pain? You’re right if you say that no one therapy can do all of that. But like many things, two are better than one, and in this case, that’s taping and low-level laser therapy.

Research shows that both taping and laser can enhance the rehabilitation of an injury and produce faster results. And taping when combined with laser increases the efficacy of both modalities. In fact, I almost always will combine laser with taping, and I use this combination in about 70 percent of my patients. Patients who respond well to laser and taping include those who present with a wide variety of orthopedic and sports-related issues, including sprains and strains, mechanical and hypermobility problems, general overuse issues, cramping and pain. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Return to play, Athletic Trainers, Professional Athletes, Taping

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